The John Roberts Outstanding Achievement Award


A community worker from Blackburn who captured hearts across the world is the recipient of a local community honour in Blackburn.

Sadiq Patel will be presented with The John Roberts Outstanding Achievement Award 2018, sponsored by women’s refuge Humraaz, on the night of the One Voice Annual Dinner on Saturday 24th February 2018. One Voice is a community group in Blackburn.

Sadiq Patel was pictured coming to the aide of Jewish woman, Renee Rachel Black, 93, who was visibly upset at a floral tribute in Manchester’s Albert Square following the Manchester terror attacks.

The pair then prayed together before Sadiq helped Ms Black to her feet, carrying her chair as the two linked arms.

This touching moment of solidarity among the heartbreak was caught on camera and shared around the world.

Sadiq has been a community worker for three decades. He has also worked to raise awareness in the BME community of bowel screening.

Sadiq said, “Thank you for this award. I feel so honoured and somewhat humbled.  There are so many people working hard to bring communities in Blackburn together. I feel this award is a recognition of the importance of all their work.  I was distressed by the horror of the Manchester bombing and like many others, Renee and I just wanted to express our sympathy for all the affected families. I love Blackburn and I’m optimistic about its future.”

One Voice Chairman Abrar Hussain said,

“The Manchester bombing was a truly awful event. This single act of kindness from Sadiq epitomised the unity show after the tragedy. Sadiq Patel is truly a remarkable and inspiring person. His dedication to the community is unwavering and simultaneously is extraordinary. Sadiq embodies what this award represents- that is altruism in its truest form. We are delighted to present this award to Sadiq.”

The Annual Dinner, now in its sixth year, celebrates the work of volunteers and community workers in Blackburn with Darwen. It is now in its sixth year.